Star Wars Mesh Research


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Hi everyone,

Some of this is already known and scattered throughout threads, so I thought this was useful.

There are 3, maybe 4 types of “mesh” used in Empire Strikes Back at least, if not in all three films:

1) alternating slot mesh, slot sides only overlap 1/4 of the one above
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2) interrupted mesh, tight weave that stutters into a loose mesh for a row.

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Search Help: Dansette Radios,

3) Slot mesh in columns, very similar to #1 with slightly wider slots
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4) Vader chin? Does the Diamond latticework in the Vader chin vent come from a source?
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5) Diamond Perforated Mesh
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6) Vader Belt Box perforated rectangular mesh (?)
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Search help: Telefunken Reel to Reel (Very expensive)

I recently found a second source for #1. Originally a specific UK Philips radio was the only exact source we could find in the wild.


There is a “close” version, a silver tone radio but the pattern isn’t quite right. Silvertone on the left, correct on right

I want to add pictures of prop and costume sources to this first post, so please, Vader experts and prop experts, let’s document this.
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Unfortunately don't have any pictures to add but this thread will be very useful for a lot of the builds that use these meshes! Great idea to start this Tom!

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